Primary Care

Internal Medicine

Our hospital offers a variety of Internal Medicine Services. Internal Medicine is the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis, management and nonsurgical treatment of disease affecting the lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas, spleen, intestinal tract, urinary tract, endocrine system, and neuromuscular systems. Diagnosis of the underlying condition typically involves a combination of laboratory work (chemistry and CBC) and imaging (such as radiographs and/or ultrasound). Management of these conditions is typically done with diet, exercise and medications.

Just as your own primary care physician may feel the need to refer you to the care of a specialist from time to time, your general practitioner veterinarian may feel your pet needs a specialist to help diagnose or treat a particularly complicated medical problem. While your general practitioner veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's care, just as in human medicine, there is sometimes a need for the attention of a specialist. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her problem.

If your veterinarian feels your pet has a more advanced or specific problem, they may recommend referral to an Internal Medicine Specialist such as Dr. BernsteinDr. Cornetta, Dr. Ficociello, or Dr. Morrison at VCA South Shore in Weymouth or Dr. Henricks at VCA Roberts in Hanover.